GoodWorks Insurance, an independent agency based in Glastonbury, Connecticut, donated more than $12,000 to help local families stay warm this winter.
The donation was made to Operation Fuel, a nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance through its statewide network of fuel banks to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
The money will be used to help more than 30 lower-income Connecticut families keep the heat and electricity on this winter.
The agency donated $12,650 to Operation Fuel as part of a collaboration with the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA), a trade group that represents fuel providers. For the second year in a row, GoodWorks pledged a minimum $10,000 donation to Operation Fuel and promised to match up to $5,000 in donations from CEMA’s member companies. CEMA donated $2,650, which GoodWorks matched for the total donation amount of $15,300 from GoodWorks and CEMA.
GoodWorks Insurance said it donates 50 percent of its operating profit to local charities through GoodWorks Community Grants.
“Operation Fuel does invaluable work statewide, where one in five residents has a hard time paying for energy. We’re honored to join with CEMA to support Operation Fuel,” said Chad Yonker, GoodWorks Insurance chairman and CEO.
“CEMA is so happy that GoodWorks and the home heating oil dealers in our state were able to contribute to Operation Fuel’s mission to ensure that people in need have access to energy assistance. We are proud of our ongoing relationship with these organizations and the great work that they do,” said CEMA President Chris Herb.
“The generous support from GoodWorks Insurance and CEMA shows that we are all part of the Operation. Without the support of the community, Operation Fuel could not do the work that we do,” said Operation Fuel Executive Director Patricia Wrice. “We are so grateful to GoodWorks Insurance and CEMA for their significant donations at a time of year when support is greatly needed,” added Director of Development Kim O’Brien Green.
Based in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance has additional offices in New Milford, Avon and Columbia, Connecticut, and Great Barrington and Worcester, Massachusetts.